It is hoped the coalition will leverage on each state’s assets to aid the development of the hydrogen production industry across the Midwest, to reduce pollution, and enhance energy security.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by the Governors of the seven states, reads, “The M-H2 Coalition will conduct its work by employing a multi-state, multi-sector approach, to developing a robust and sustainable hydrogen economy across the Midwest, informed by industry, academic, and community engagement.”

H2 View understands that the MoU will provide a regional framework for establishing a clean hydrogen market, supply chain, and workforce ecosystem, including the potential development of one or more hydrogen hub applications.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) in June (2022), issued a Notice of Intent to fund the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $8bn programme to develop regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country.

Read more: Announcement puts US Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs on the horizon

JB Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, said, “Through the partnership of the Midwestern Hydrogen Coalition, Illinois will play a major role in fostering a healthy economic environment for the hydrogen production market in the Midwest, creating more clean energy sector jobs and lowering carbon emissions in the manufacturing and transportation sectors across the state and region.”

Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin, added, “As we work to implement our state’s first-ever Clean Energy Plan, I’m proud to join this coalition of fellow Midwestern governors working together to accelerate clean hydrogen production, foster economic development, and lower costs, while reducing emissions across Wisconsin and our entire region.” 

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